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With the gun control debate front and center again following the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, many were anxious to hear from the National Rifle Association. The gun rights lobby finally spoke out on Tuesday, five days after the shooting. CEO Wayne LaPierre has also booked a spot on NBC’s Meet the Press, his first interview since the shooting.
The NRA, which has 4.3 million members, went silent after the shootings, with no posts on their Twitter page and even took down its Facebook page, notes CNN. Then late Tuesday, the group suddenly broke its silence.
“The National Rifle Association of America is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters -- and we were shocked, saddened and heartbroken by the news of the horrific and senseless murders in Newtown,” its statement read. “Out of respect for the families, and as a matter of common decency, we have given time for mourning, prayer and a full investigation of the facts before commenting. The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again.”
The group said it will have “a major news conference” tomorrow and it has returned to social media.
Wayne Lapierre of the NRA will join me exclusively on MTP Sunday. #MTP
— David Gregory (@davidgregory) December 20, 2012
Gun control has become a major topic of conversation since the tragedy. President Obama said Wednesday that he has picked a committee to look into ways to handle the issue and hopes to have a concrete proposal by the end of January.
As for the NRA, it has a strong political presence, donating $719,596 to candidates during the 2012 election cycle, with most going to Republicans.